Monday, October 12, 2015

We had a Job to do a review

Recently I read a book on World War Two, this is nothing unusual for me since I have had a fascination with this period of history since I was six years old,

I have read many books, from biographies to books that covered events and battles of the war.  

So I  was looking forward to reading We Had A Job To Do,  Especially because the description on the cover states that this is a basic history of world war two as seen through the eyes of those who served,

When I  read that this would be through the eyes of those who served, I was excited, I expected a lot of first-hand eyewitness  accounts from the men who fought the war.

Instead I got a lot of  cut and paste quotes from the brass in most cases, a lot of history of those who went to war, what they had done before going to war and very brief and descriptions of the battles themselves.

There are errors in dates such as the Potsdam conference pre-D-Day when this conference was in 1945.  The book is written in broken segments and is extremely dry.

There is nothing that makes this a must-read book, if anything it is bland and boring,  Save your money this is not the book that you are looking for on World War Two.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Mondays's Music Moves Me Some of the best of Broadway 1976

Since the 1970's I have been a huge fan of Hal Linden, not just as the actor who played Barney Miller for 7 seasons, but for his talent as a singer as well.

I remember seeing him on Merve Griffin, and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, to name a few, where he would sing as well as use his comedic wit.

Here is a special I found by accident last week, I hope you take the time to enjoy it.  

From the 1976 Tony Awards not just Hal Linden but Leslie Uggams and a few other surprising singers.  This is only part 1 of the program, perhaps I will be able to find the rest.
Enjoy this musical spectacular.

For those interested, here are the complete tony awards for 1976 not just the segment from the awards.  Enjoy and just remember the sweat, perseverance and dedication it takes to work to be a success on broadway.

This is for everyone who had that dream and found a way to make it happen.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Mondays Music Moves Me Musical Memories

When I was in high school I had the chance to be in the Chorus of a rather amazing musical called THE ME NOBODY KNOWS.  The music was written and originally performed by students in New Yorks' public school system.  It went onto to be an off Broadway hit.  The 5th Dimension did the following piece from THE ME NOBODY KNOWS in 1971

One of my favorite songs from a favorite musical, is What I did for Love from a Chorus Line, this is a very good arrangement done by a surprising individual.
Last a song made famous n=by one of Andrew Lloyd Webers  longest running plays, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Hope you enjoy this musical journey

Thursday, August 27, 2015

What were the Salem Witch Trials

This is a well written and researched book, that works to explain why the Salem Witch Trials came to be, and why they ended so rapidly. Joan Holub does a remarkable job of taking the reader back to 1692 and the farming community of Salem.  Each page takes the reader deeper into this time so long ago and so strange to us today.  One of the first things we come to understand is how people were so concerned about their spiritual path, people lived in fear of any one who was not of their way of believing and the people of Salem were very tightly knit to their belief in God and Christ.

Holub explains the world of the Puritans, every father was supposed to be able to heal his family from illness, if not then the local minister of the faith, when this could not happen it was obviously the work of the Devil and his kind, Witches.

It is in this setting that the story of the Witch Hunts begin, because of two young girls who suddenly begin to have fits and speak of strange things and speak strangely;  Fear takes over and rational and logical thought go out the window.

The girls are asked to name who the witches are, and after a period of time, they name three people.
This is just the beginning.

Famous ministers of the day, Increase and Cotton Mather are mentioned, how are they involved and what leads to the final end of the Trials?

The answer to these questions can be found in this fast paced book, that will provide new insight no matter your age.

The book has great illustrations done by  Dede  Putra and also has reproductions of illustrations from the time at the back of the book.  There is also a complete timeline showing the events as they happened between January 1692 to October 1693.

Overall this is a great book and is another success for Joan Holub,  ****

Cotton Mather Puritan Minister and strong believer that Witches existed and need not live.

Title page of Cotton Mather's Book.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

From the heart

Night has come, the secadas make their chirping that slices through the silence.

Stars and the moon, the only immediate light, the apartments near by are dark, do people live here really or is it abandoned?

Music plays on the stereo and the air conditioner hums keeping our apartment cool as an ice cube.

Only our trustworthy watch cat sits atop a crate with mysteries to be revealed.

Night has come to our humble abode here in Branson and tomorrow will bring another sunrise another day

A Cats life

Meow mew merew meeow 

these are the words my cat says, I am not sure what she means.  She sits looking at me,, sometimes she purrs and sometimes she just curls up and falls asleep.  What a life she has.

A Cats life, from the  Cat

Why don't you pay attemtion to me?

I want  food... Now!

Oh that feels good, but I still need food.  Oh okay you are off the hook.  That feels so good.

I think I will go over here and sleep for 20 hours.  Or at least until you feed me,..

Monday, July 13, 2015

Mondays' Music Moves Me Memories

This is a combination of favorite songs an artists.  Enjoy.

We start with a young woman who keeps coming up with amazing music  Evanessence, with one of her latest songs Lithium.

Next a very powerful sonf by The Moody Blues, Melancholy man

Last up The Beatles, with Nowhere man

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Fantastic, actually it is Incredible place to eat... In Springfield Missouri

Perhaps one of the most entertaining places that I have been to, since coming back to Missouri is America's Incredible Pizza.

America's Incredible Pizza is a theme restaurant tied to 1954 to 1959.  There are pictures from Springfield High School in they Gymnasium one of three eating areas inside the restaurant, along with the Diner and Starlite Theater where you can eat Pizza, Pasta or Tacos and watch a movie.  Such classics as "Toy Story" and "The Sound of Music" have been featured.  They run uninterrupted and repeat, so if you miss part of a favorite movie, you can see it all the way through.

Besides Pasta and Tacos, there is a wide selection of Pizza's from traditional Pepperoni to BBQ and a Greek Pizza with Feta Cheese and Spinach.

All food is cooked on site and fresh from the kitchen.  Other food fare includes Hot dogs, A Salad Bar and a Desert Bar. 

The great thing about the Desert Bar is that it features not just classics, like Ice Cream and Peach Cobbler, but Strawberry Peach Cobbler, which has to be tried, The strawberries are just tart enough to cut the sweetness of the Peach.  It is amazing and Bread Pudding, something I had never tried and fell in love with.
Strawberry Peach Cobbler.  Yummy in the tummy
Bread Pudding, something I fell in love with,
Prices are very reasonable and you can even have birthday celebrations at America's Incredible Pizza.

One last feature that I have waited to share, is A game room, that is to die for.  Again there is a great variety of games, everything from Skeet Ball to bumper cars, to video games like Jurasic Park.  You can take a chance with the claw and see if you can win a Minion.  

Overall America's Incredible Pizza, lives up to its' name.  It is incredible and a fun place for the whole family or just couples, looking for great food a movie and games all under one roof.

America's Incredible Pizza is located at 2522 South Campbell Avenue located in Springfield Missouri.
For information or details on specials or arranging an Incredible birthday party you can call 417-890-1408.

Disclosure  I received a gift card for my open and honest review.  The views expressed here are 100% my own and may not reflect your opinion or experience.  Tamirisc M Dagda